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Leadership Giving Manager


Company Description: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), which also performs as the Cincinnati Pops, is one of America’s finest and most versatile ensembles. With a determination for greatness and a rich tradition that dates back over 120 years, the internationally acclaimed CSO attracts the best musicians, artists and conductors from around the world to Cincinnati. With new commissions and groundbreaking initiatives like LUMENOCITY, One City, One Symphony, and the MusicNOW Festival collaboration, the Orchestra is committed to being a place of experimentation.

As Cincinnati’s ambassador , the Orchestra has toured extensively, sold millions of recordings, and reaches millions more annually through radio and television broadcasts. As Cincinnati’s own, the Orchestra’s impact extends far beyond CSO and Pops concerts at Music Hall to the schools, places of worship, and neighborhood centers of a vastly diverse community. The Orchestra also elevates Cincinnati’s vibrant cultural scene by serving as the official orchestra for the Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati May Festival, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Services, the Leadership Giving Manager serves as a member of the Philanthropy team that executes strategies to generate important investments from leadership donors, defined in this role as $1,500 to $10,000 annual fund gifts, in support of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra’s (CSO) operations. The Manager supports and implements day-to-day administration of leadership donors; performs specialized functions independently and at a best-in-class level; synthesizes and communicates frontline insights and improvement opportunities; compiles, develops, and analyzes data and reports; and informs and refines systems and processes all with the goal of promoting a culture of philanthropy that celebrates the generosity of every donor who invests in the mission of the CSO.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Services with quarterly and annual fundraising plans, donor solicitations, cultivation and stewardship efforts for leadership gifts ($1,500 - $10,000), including the Board of Directors campaign
  • Help establish/further develop a mid-level donors development program to ensure consistent and meaningful cultivation and supported through centrally-developed resources
  • Identify new individual giving prospects in collaboration with the Vice President of Philanthropy, Director of Individual Giving, and Individual Giving Manager
  • Ensure stewardship of a high-quality donor experience through correspondence, donor engagement, musician engagement, professional proposals, mailings and acknowledgements
  • Implement fundraising strategies to meet budgeted income goals, as well as the appropriate moves management strategies to upgrade donors to higher giving levels
  • Assist with letter production, mailing and volunteer management for the leadership gifts campaign
  • Coordinate regular reporting from leadership giving levels of the Annual Fund to internal and external leadership
  • With Director of Individual Giving and Director of Events, support various cultivation and recognition events and receptions
  • Maintain a prospect pool of approximately 300 active constituents using moves management to cultivate, solicit and steward
  • Track prospects and donors contacts in portfolio using organization tools and tracking methods
  • Manage portion of individual donor budget, ensuring revenue targets are met or exceeded and expenses are kept within stated parameters
  • Provide VIP ticketing assistance as needed

Job Requirements, Skills, Background: The ideal candidate must be extremely detailed-oriented, have excellent computer, strategies thinking, organizational and communication skills. They must possess the ability to work effectively under pressure and harmoniously with other staff, and observe the highest level of discretion and confidentiality when dealing with donors. This individual also must have outstanding capacities for personal presentation, self motivation, accuracy, follow-through, timeliness, consistency, and the ability to handle a multiple tasks under deadline pressure.

The candidate also must possess the following qualifications and/or characteristics:

  • Undergraduate degree with two to five years of individual fundraising experience, preferably in the nonprofit arts sector
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, multi-task and use clear judgment while keeping Supervisor informed of activity progress and issues
  • Must interact effectively with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors and patrons
  • Experience with relational database such as Tessitura
  • Comfortable analyzing statistical reports and manipulating data within a database to inform strategies and implement assignments
  • Goal- and team-oriented, motivated and enthusiastic, curious and perceptive, entrepreneurial and adaptive, disciplined and responsible, tenacious and passionate
  • Must be able to support and implement the mission, vision, and values of the CSO
  • Willingness to work outside of traditional business hours and to assume other responsibilities as assigned

The CSO celebrates diversity! We are an EEO/M/F/D/V Employer.

Please send cover letter, resume and hourly compensation requirements to:
Amanda Flick, Human Resources Manager
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Music Hall
1241 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Or via email at:
Please put “Leadership Giving Manager” in the subject line.

No third party applications will be accepted.

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